After months of teasing and anticipation, fans can finally see the new Batwoman Javicia Leslie in her spanking new Batsuit. Playing Ryan Wilder in the new CW Batwoman season, Leslie first teased a sneak peek on her Instagram in September with a new cowl. The photo showed Leslie still wearing the red wig that her predecessor Ruby Rose wore as Kate Kane.
The new photos of Leslie in the full Batwoman suit and cowl reveals a fresh, unique look that is a major upgrade from the previous Batsuit. The new suit follows Leslie’s silhouette, emphasising her curves and features a brand new belt and red vambraces. The new suit also allows the actress to showcase her natural Afro hair. As compared to season one’s Batsuit, this brand new Batsuit is far more comic accurate.
“Ryan’s journey starts from a place of ‘What can this Batsuit do for me?’ But it’s not long before she realises the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City. As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively. This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful.’ Maya Mani sent me her drawings and I loved it. The wig was something we never perfected in season one, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. Janice translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired,” said showrunner Caroline Dries.
The new suit definitely brings Leslie, who is the first Black Batwoman, justice. In a previous interview, Leslie shared the importance of Black representation and wishes to be someone young Black girls can look up to.
Speaking about her new suit, Leslie said: “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honour to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
Batwoman is scheduled to return to The CW in January 2021 and will address Kate Kane’s disappearance.